Nostalgic for Playland

Bob Horton has a most excellent essay on Playland and lost youth in today’s Greenwich Time. It may do nothing for those who weren’t there, but it sure brought back memories to me.


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3 responses to “Nostalgic for Playland

  1. EOS

    Playland is a metaphor for anyone lucky enough to remember a time when being young was so carefree. I went out the door in the morning, on my bike, and got “whistled” in for dinner. My youth was a playland and I am grateful for those memories. Great article, Bob.

  2. I took a day off two weeks ago and we took the kids to Playland for the day. It was very nice, and the all you can eat pricing is the way to go. The fact that you now pay $5 to park and $3 just for admission to the grounds has eliminated the hordes of indigent teenagers who used to roam the place, looking for trouble to get into.

    One reason the place loses money is because it’s over staffed. In addition to the ride operators I saw 15-20 “park rangers” standing around shooting the breeze with each other and they have so many kids picking up litter that a gum wrapper has a life expectancy of about 20 seconds. The place was clean though.

    In a better economy and some private management I bet the place could make money.

  3. out looking in

    Exactly EOS…Our Playland was a field by the expressway- baseball in Spring-Summer, football in winter spring- a nice hill to sled on. No explicit rides- but it was all the same.